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  1. Teacher injured in schoolground playground by airgun pellet
  2. Negotiations continue to lead Cornwall Council
  3. Major campaign to reduce the number of accidents and deaths on farms launched
  4. First day of the Devon County Show 2017
  5. Updates on Thursday 18 May 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across Devon and Cornwall

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later, which will have more on Day One of the Devon County Show, and we'll be covering the show again tomorrow.

    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Forget a gingerbread house, how about Shaun the Sheep's potato house?

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online


    We've all heard of a gingerbread house, but how about a potato house?

    This fantastic effort from Lifton Farm Shop comes complete with cauliflower sheep and an onion-paved footpath.

    It's based on children's TV favourite Shaun the Sheep, with Shaun himself taking centre stage in one of our pictures here.

    It's scooped the large gold medal for trade exhibitors. I think we can say that's not baaaaaadd.

  3. Latest weather: Isolated showers overnight, and a mixed Friday

    BBC Weather

    Some clear spells are likely overnight, along with isolated showers. It will be rather chilly too. Minimum temperature: 8C (43F).

    Friday will see a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some of which could turn heavy and possibly thundery. The north coast will tend to see the fewest number of showers. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  4. Exeter City: Matt Oakley to retire at end of season

    BBC Sport

    Matt Oakley

    Exeter City's former Southampton midfielder Matt Oakley has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

    The 39-year-old has made 694 career appearances, reaching the 2003 FA Cup final with the Saints and winning promotion with Derby and Leicester.

    He has been at the Devon side since an initial loan spell in 2011, playing 172 times without scoring a goal.

    "He's been a great servant to Exeter in the five-and-a-half years he's been at the club," said manager Paul Tisdale.

  5. Chiefs tackle cheese congratulations cake

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A cheese cake has been made for Exeter Chiefs to wish them good luck for their Premiership semi-final match on Saturday.

    It comes completed with a chiefs' headdress on the top.

  6. The cutest guests at Devon County Show?

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    I was hanging out with these little guys at the Devon Cavy Club tent at Devon County Show.

    Guinea Pig

    I'm learning already - a male guinea pig is called a boar and a female is a sow. They can live for four to six years.

    They're sociable animals so unless you're going to spend a lot of time handling your pet you should keep two to keep each other company.

    Guinea Pig
  7. High flyers at Devon County Show

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    In the pigeon tent, the birds looked relaxed after a day of judging.

  8. Lace making at the Devon County Show

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Judy and Sylvia have the amazingly intricate job of making lace.


    I had a quick lesson and completed one row on this snake bookmark - and my brain started hurting very quickly!

  9. Lib Dems and Independents in Cornwall having 'positive discussions'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Liberal Democrat group in Cornwall says it is had positive discussions with Independents over possibly forming a new administration on Cornwall Council.

    Lib Deb Adam Paynter said seven councillors from his party and the Independent group had been discussing various scenarios.

    As it stands, the Conservative group has 46 out of the 122 seats on the council, with the Liberal Democrats as their nearest rivals with 37 seats, followed by 30 Independent councillors.

    Negotiations around forming an administration broke down between the Independents and the Conservatives since the election.

  10. Children's Summer Club jointly wins Prince of Wales prize

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The Children's Summer Club in Barnstaple has jointly won this year's Prince of Wales Award at the Devon County Show.

    The club, run entirely by volunteers, means that children aged from eight to 16 can take part in everything from sport and outdoor activities to carnival entries, drama productions, arts and crafts, day trips, cinema, bowling, skating and theatre trips.

    Children's Summer Club

    The children are also encouraged to put something back into the local community, and take part in litter-picking, forestry, creating murals and putting on entertainments for residents.

    Children's Summer Club

    Secretary of the club Christine Brennan said: "It is wonderful to receive recognition for the work of the club. The award will help raise our profile and, hopefully, attract new members and volunteers, and encourage networking with other community organisations.

    "We will use the prize-money to subsidise activities for local young people."

  11. Election 2017: Cornwall and Devon top searchers for vote registering information

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC Data Unit, English Regions

    Voting chart

    Voters have been turning to Google for help in deciding who to back in the general election, and to find out how to register to vote.

    Data released to BBC News reveals the biggest interest in registering to vote in the UK came from Cornwall.

    Pendeen in St Ives topped the list, followed by Ponsanooth in Camborne and Redruth. Whimple in East Devon was fourth on the list.

    People have until Monday, 22 May to to register.

  12. Cornwall rugby 'makes me tick', says coach

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall rugby coach Graham Dawe says being part of the county setup is "an honour".

    Graham Dawe

    Cornwall play Hertfordshire on Saturday for a place in the County Championship final.

    Dawe has coached the Black and Gold to three finals, winning the last two in 2015 and 2016.

    He told BBC Radio Cornwall: "I love my rugby. I love being part of it. It helps make me tick, I think. I feel very privileged myself that I’m involved in supporting the county, and long may it continue."

  13. Devon County Show: The royal connection

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Prince Charles

    As we saw earlier, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was at the Devon County Show to visit, and hers is the latest of many's a royal presence.

    The Queen's first outing after acceding to the throne was to visit the Devon County Show in 1952.

    She visited again in 1995, and was patron of the show from 1952 to 2001, when she was succeeded by the Prince of Wales.

    HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall came to the show as their first public outing following their marriage in 2005.

  14. RBS settlement has left business couple feeling 'gutted'

    BBC Business News

    A couple say they still feel "gutted" after settling with Royal Bank of Scotland for allegedly mis-selling them a financial insurance product.

    Mike and Diane Hockin, from Plymouth, had been claiming £30m in damages after losing their property business in 2012.

    Mr Hockin told the BBC's Wake up to Money that he had wanted to expose the bank on behalf of other small businesses, but felt he had to settle.

    RBS has admitted no liability and the final amount has not been disclosed.

  15. Video of care home resident enjoying music therapy receives more than 20k views

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A video of a care home resident in Falmouth enjoying a music therapy session has received thousands of views on social media.

    Joyce Williams, who had dementia, died earlier this year but her family agreed to release the film to raise awareness about how music could help people with the condition.

    Ms Williams was being cared for during the last part of her life at Falmouth's Langholme Care Home.

    Before she became ill, she loved music and dancing and working with the charity that runs the home, MHA. Music therapy sessions were arranged and Joyce was filmed enjoying the experience, the original post receiving more than 20,000 views.

    You can see the video here:

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  16. Tory group leader says Cornwall cabinet 'must reflect votes after elections'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Conservative group leader Phil Seeva has said that, despite having the most seats, the Tories may still end up in opposition because of the Independent group's refusal to co-operate with their manifesto.

    He added that this would not be "what the people of Cornwall voted for".

    The party has 46 out of 122 seats after the most recent council election.

    Quote Message: We felt we needed a split of six-four in our favour on the cabinet. Now that, I believe, reflects what people have voted for in this county." from Councillor Phil Seeva Conservative Party
    Councillor Phil SeevaConservative Party
  17. There are also food bests in show, not just the animals

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online


    It started raining at the Devon County Show I hate to admit. But where better was there to take shelter than in the food tent?

    I stumbled across the award-winning cheeses and ciders, as well as stalls from dozens of local food producers.


  18. Devon County Show: Rare breeds on display

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    There are thousands of animals here today, entering hundreds of separate competitions.

    From bees to ewes, and guinea pigs to cows, there's plenty to see, and will be for the next couple of days too.

  19. All aboard!

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Some of the many school groups at the Devon County Show enjoyed hitching a round on the train.

    All aboard!